Tuesday, March 6, 2007

World Cup Snowboarding at Whiteface!

This Week, Thursday March 8 and Saturday - Sunday, March 10-11, Whiteface will host the State Farm US Snowboard Cup.

Thursday and Sunday will see the SBX races including
back-to-back world champion Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT), double X Games gold medalist Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) and recently crowned U.S. champions Callan Chythlook-Sifsof (Girdwood, AK) and Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI). Jacobellis, Holland and Chythlook-Sifsof all podiumed earlier this month at the opening World Cup of the season in Furano, Japan.

Saturday, March 10 will be the half-pipe competiton with
reigning halfpipe winners Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO), the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, and ’07 Grand Prix champion Tommy Czeschin (Mammoth Lakes, CA) back along with two-time X Games champion Steve Fisher (Breckenridge, CO) as the ‘Bear Superpipe’ hosts the world’s best for the third straight year.

Also on tap for Lake Placid is the crowd favorite Paul Mitchell Progression Session, this year staged at the MacKenzie Intervale Ski Jumping complex, home of the 1980 Olympic ski jumps. Riders will rocket down the ski jump outrun of the 120-meter ski jump into a monstrous 30-foot quarterpipe. Up for grabs at the end of the jam session is $7,500 in cash, plus an additional $2,500 for the rider who stomps the Rip It Trick of the Day.

Watch the halfpipe competition on NBC, Sunday, March 18 at noon.

All events are free to the public, for more information click here.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Loads of Snow!

This is a picture of my nephews playing in the snow in Saranac Lake. After the big recent storm that dropped around 30 inches of the white stuff, its been snowing near non-stop this weekend. 73 trails are open at Whiteface, with great conditions. I went Saturday and there was lots of snow and the glades were open! Lots of fluffy stuff to get distracted by.

There is great tubing and sledding happening at hills all over town - but the hills are especially long at the Lake Placid Club golf course. Check out Wilmington Road headed toward Whiteface (keep following Main St. south past the Olympic Arena and Stewarts, after the second stop light look to the left). Tubes and sleds are available at Rite-Aid and sometimes Price Chopper.

The Toboggan Shoot in Lake Placid is also open! Read about it in my previous post here.